Green Screen Stream Setup in OBS Studio or Streamlabs OBS

Green Screen Stream Setup in OBS Studio or Streamlabs OBS


What’s up guys. Welcome back once again to the Gaming Careers YouTube channel today we’re going to be talking about green screens and how you can use a green screen within your stream so you can do cool things, actually one sec, like this! Now obviously I’ll throw some other examples of streamers using a green screen and some of the creative ways that they have used them to incorporate some funny or epic moments into their stream but in this video we’re going to be going through why you’d want to use a green screen for your stream, what equipment you need exactly and I’m going to be covering different budgets for this so right from the cheapest way of implementing a green screen up to something more expensive like the elgato green screen that I’ve got. We’re also going to be talking about how you can use a green screen in OBS and streamlabs OBS, so exactly how you set it up to chroma key out the background. And finally I’ll be going over some tips and tricks for lighting and exactly how you want to set up your green screen to make sure you get the crispest image. All of that coming up! So obviously the main purpose of having a green screen is to be able to cut your talent out from their background and then you can overlay that talent on your game or maybe it’s your desktop or your twitch chat or whatever you want to do. But the idea is that you can have both your your talent and some sort of background in the same shot composited one above the other. So what you’re going to need to be able to achieve this look is obviously a camera of some sort. This can be a webcam, it can be a camera plugged into an elgato cam link like mine is and basically the the higher resolution, the more detail you’re going to get and the better quality the cut between the talent and the green is going to be. So I would recommend certainly using one of the higher-end webcams to achieve really great results. Something like the Logitech c920 which is often recommended. I’ve been recommending it in my kits for absolutely ages. That will do absolutely brilliantly, but if you have the luxury of being able to use an actual camera mirrorless or DSLR, plugged into a capture device like the elgato cam link, then that will do even better. In terms of the actual green screens, it’s one of those things that’s going to be completely dependent on your budget. Here on Amazon I found three different types of green screen for three different budgets so hopefully one of these will be perfect for you. At the start we’ve got these sort of foldable green or blue screens that they sort of fold up into a circle similar to some of those pop-up tents that you can get for camping and festivals and things like that. So they pack away nice and small but when they actually open up they open up to a decent size. The difficulty with these is that they have to be hung or placed against the wall or something like that, so these are really great if you have the ability to be able to hang it or to be able to put it against the wall if that is what your streaming setup is but they’re super cheap and you know you can’t really go wrong with something like this for forty dollars. Next up you have the traditional green screen which is the green material. This one here is is nice and large 9 by 15 feet, comes with three clips but you would need to have a place to secure it to and most of you I imagine would have to purchase something like this, so a studio rail which is two light stands with a beam across the top which you can hoop through the green screen. These are pretty much what a traditional green screen setup is, something nice and large, does take up quite a bit of room but can pack down quite quickly unless you’re going to leave it up the whole time. But this is the traditional sort of around $50-60 when you factor in both the stand as well as the green screen. Then finally we have what I have, which is the new elgato green screen. Well I say new, it’s probably been out for six months or so now, super handy, super convenient, packs all the way down into its body has its own support beams at the back so you can set it to any height. I’ve absolutely loved the product but it is on the pricey side, so I think this is the ideal solution and there isn’t really any competitor for it in terms of how convenient it is and how quickly it packs away and you can set it up but it is a little bit pricey, so I understand for some people this might be out of budget. The last bit of equipment that you’re going to need is some decent lighting, now you might not think that lighting is that much of a key aspect in terms of a green screens, you actually need to be able to light both your talent or your subject yourself I would imagine, as well as the green screen separately to make sure that you have that consistent green color which is going to make it much easier when it comes to chroma keying it out. I’ve got a couple of examples here on Amazon, the neewer 160 is a very popular light for filmmakers, gets very very bright even in such a small panel or something like the VILTROX panel as well, there’s so many of these LED light kits on Amazon I’m sure you can find one that is large enough for you but the main purpose obviously is to be able to light yourself as well as your green screen independently so you might need to pick up a couple of these kits. A couple of tips to do with the actual lighting, the further away the green screen is from the talent, so the bigger the distance between the talent and the green screen, the less harsh the shadows are going to be so if you’re stood right next to your green screen and you may have to be, you’re going to get harsher shadows and in that case you probably are going to want to light the green screen separately with a second light source. Before we jump into OBS and streamlabs OBS, one tip would be that you don’t want the green screen to be too narrow when surrounding your talent or yourself, you want to have some leeway so that the person on screen can raise their hands and things like that without the hands being cut off because of the narrow green screen. The second thing worth mentioning is that keying out in OBS or any of these programs is actually quite CPU intensive, so if you are struggling to keep frame rates and not drop frames anyway, you might consider maybe just having a normal webcam without any keying because it is a CPU intensive task, your computer is having to do all the processing of removing that background information and so just bear that in mind if you’re having any issues. Ok so here we are in OBS and the first thing that we want to do probably is just to play around with the cropping of our webcam to make sure that it’s completely surrounded by green. I’ve just got an example scene set up here with a picture of fortnight just as if I was playing it and my webcam camera in the bottom corner so the first thing you want to do is crop the webcam to make sure that we are completely surrounded by green and this section just here where you can see some of my background shelving unit isn’t changed. So to do that you can hold down the Alt key and drag in any of the areas that you want to crop, so I’m just going to drag in the sides a little bit, so they’re surrounded by green and the top right just a touch and there we go. Now I am completely surrounded by green. My background isn’t completely the same color but it’s a pretty good attempt. So next we’re going to be looking at removing this green background so that I can sit just on top of the game layer, to do that we want to come down to the camera source here or your webcam source, right click and go to filters, now you can see in the effect filters list, we do actually have the LUT that we set up a couple of weeks ago, so if you haven’t yet watched that video of how to add filters and LUTs to your webcam to change the look and make them look a little bit more cinematic, do go and check out that video, I’ll link it up in the top card, but we’re just going to have that disabled for now and we’re going to come and add a new effect filter by clicking the plus icon and selecting chroma key. Obviously you can name this whatever you want, chroma key works for me so I’m just going to leave it at its default and click OK. Now you can see as soon as I click OK, OBS has applied its default settings which is a green chroma key and you can see it’s done a pretty decent job really, if you look to the bottom corner where it’s already been cropped, it’s not bad. There’s a little bit of green on my shoulders and in my hair, obviously blonde hair and light colored t-shirts aren’t ideal to wear for this but I thought I would challenge myself and get the settings perfect for you guys. So the first option that we have is this key color type and you have the choice between green blue magenta as well as a custom color, this is just the color of the screen behind you that you are wanting to remove so that the most typical ones are green and blue. Obviously they’ve got the option of a magenta or by keying in your custom color if you know exactly what it is or you can use the color picker. I’ve actually found that for the elgato green screen I’m using the green one seems to work the best so I’m going to leave it at green and then move on to the other options. Similarity is on a scale of 1 to 1000 so if you drag this left and right you can see it’s choosing how similar of a color to the green that they’ve got set you want to remove. So if I lower this you can see that some of the darker areas in the bottom corners of my green screen are still showing so you want to get this to the point where all the green screen is removed but you know none of your t-shirt or your body or your face so around 400 seems to work quite well for me. Next we have smoothness and this is how smooth of the keying effect will be so again you don’t be removing any of your t-shirt or your hair by going too high so somewhere around 100 seems to work quite well for me but this will be completely dependent on your your setup and your lighting and all those kind of things your camera. Key color spill reduction this is just trying to reduce the amount of spill that might appear on the shoulders or in the hair if you certainly if you have blond hair it’s a little bit more difficult so you’re just trying to remove that spill of green from those areas and that looks pretty decent actually. Then finally you have some options for a contrast, brightness, gamma, those kind of things I’m going to leave these all as default but do feel free to play around if you need to and then if we can just click close and you can see that has now applied my green screen effect and you can see how clear that is, if I hold my hand up especially you can see straight through my fingers onto the green screen. There is still a little bit of green color in my hair so I would probably go back into the settings and just make sure that I’m fine-tuning to make sure that that is removed but bearing in mind I haven’t set of any sort of lights just specific for the background here and I’ve tried to make it challenging as possible by wearing a light t-shirt and obviously having blonde hair, I think that looks pretty decent. I’m just going to go back in and just play a tiny bit just to try and remove that green from my hair, so I should be able to play around with the color spill a little bit and maybe the smoothness as well and there you go, you can see it’s reduced now and then if you went back to apply your LUT you can see that even looks even better, so there I am in the bottom corner of my screen, obviously if I put my hands on the outside of where I’ve cropped my camera that’s going to remove so I want to try and remain in this frame as much as possible but there I am in the bottom corner of my fortnight game example. If streamlabs OBS is your your streaming software of choice the process is exactly the same as it’s part of that core OBS functionality that was originally moved across into streamlabs OBS. So all you have to do is find your webcam or your camera source, right click, filters find the color key and make sure you dial in the settings to be able to remove your background without removing any of your subject. Another really important point is that you want your subject not to be wearing any of the color that your background is so if your background is green avoid wearing any green as that will also be removed so if you have a green logo on your t-shirt or something like that that’s obviously also going to be removed. Another bonus tip for OBS and streamlabs OBS is it’s not just video capture devices that you can apply the color keying to, you could also do it to video so if you find some videos on the internet that have a green screen you can also apply the color key in OBS or streamlabs OBS to a video. One last thing I will mention is if you are using a webcam that has sort of some drivers installed and those things with auto white balance you’re probably going to want to jump into those options and disable it because when auto white balance is enabled sometimes that’s going to mess up what the green looks like and obviously OBS is looking for a specific color of green to remove from the keying so if it’s going to keep changing white balance because of this auto white balance setting within the webcam that’s going to mess up so make sure you disable that. The last thing that I will mention is just to raise the question do you actually want to remove your background from your livestream? A lot of people find that having a background with you know some things on shelving units I know I don’t have anything interests on there yeah but over time I’d like to think I’m going to build up parts of my personality and have them on this shelving unit so maybe a green screen isn’t right for you but if it is I hope you found this video useful, if you have please do give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you haven’t already. As always a massive thanks to the patrons this month who have helped fund the creation of these videos do check out my patreon page if you haven’t already and subscribers I will see you in the next video. Peace! [Music]

100 thoughts on “Green Screen Stream Setup in OBS Studio or Streamlabs OBS

  1. Great message. I’m getting my new Elgato Green Screen today in the mail and I can’t wait. I’m getting requests on my channel for games so this will UP my game. What an ingenious device.

  2. So how would you add a video with the green screen into the video with you ? What do you add exactly an image or an extra video that goes on top of you video?

  3. Very nice job. You made a seemingly complicated and technical challenge very easy to learn. I can't wait to try it out. I have that 5×7 collapsible oval blue/green screen (that you had in your video) with the stand. The only issue that I have with that one is the 10 minute wrestling match trying to get it put away. I don't have a ton of studio space, so it works awesome in my case. Great stuff!

  4. Thanks man, this video was exellent! My green screen is coiming in on saturday. Thoughts on the Logitech C720??

  5. how do i add a background in my green screen? like a blue image or something ? while in obs recoridng fortnite?

  6. Thank you very much I am a small streamer with your green screen and you just made my life so much easier thank you so much!

  7. This was a great tutorial. I'm a meteorologist on TV and stream weather videos with my own green screen studio. I was previously using an iPad and iPhones for my green screen, but this may simplify things for me.

  8. Can i pick a specific color and use it as a greenscreen because in Streamlabs OBS i have to choose the color without the tool but in OBS i can pick the color with a tool to specify what color it is.

  9. Do you primarily want to have the rest of the room dark? I can't get it to key out as easily as you do for some reason. So frustrating.

  10. I wore a red shirt and had a static image of my room tacken recently with the same camera in the same place and removed the red and made an "invisibility cloak." The outline of the shirt is not removed for some reason and it removes some of my skin but I won't invest much time in this as it is quite useless and every time the light changes or I move my camera, I'll have to take a new image.

  11. I just wanna ask if my build is ok for streaming…

    My PC Specs :

    – Gigabyte GA-A320M-S2H (rev. 1.x)

    – AMD Ryzen™ 3 2200G with Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics

    – rgb geil super luce (2×4) 8GB DDR4 2400mhz

    – 1 TB HDD and 500GB HDD

    -GTX 1050ti
    (gonna change it to rx580)
    – SEGOTEP HALO 7 PLUS MID ATX CASE w/ 6 rgb fans and remote

    – Corsair VS Series™ VS450 — 450 Watt 80 PLUS® White

  12. I will probably not be using a green screen but have always been interested in how it works. Your videos were very professional and informative and have earned you another subscriber! Excellent work!

  13. i dont have a green screen, so i googled a green color and put that as my green screen, but then i used algodoo to make a green object

  14. I just received my Green Screen yesterday — And this Video help me to set it up in OBS –
    1million Thumbs up !!
    Thanks.

    So weird playing with a green screen… Very fun !!

  15. Dude thank you so much for the info!!!! You helped me out so much with my new stream!!! I subscribed and everything!!! You the man 💯

  16. i cant afford lighting and when i set it to the green filter it doesnt go transparnt if i put like a picture in the backgrtound or somthing will it work?

  17. If you do all this and it still looks fuzz Go into you cam settings and turn down the Gain yes your image will get darker but increase your lighting for maximum results with chroma key in any software

  18. I recorded a video with screen capture and webcame green screen. When I played it back my video was very choppy. Any suggestions?

  19. I bought all this equipment and now I finally feel like I'm ready to start streaming and making vlogs!! thanx a ton!

  20. I don't own a pc only a laptop but really want to stream via my PS4, is their away for this setup for the playstation somehow??

  21. This guy is so awesome, always great videos from him in my recommendations, he talks slow and clear, and get straight to the point but also make sure he explains it all!

  22. I just bought something that looks identical to the Elgato on Amazon for half the price!. Search about people.

  23. Hi I have a few questions. Would you mind messaging back. It's about what I need for streaming for VR. Thanks

  24. those cameras are expensive to buy with XD i still stick to my c922 logitech

    but still good quality if i have to make it 720p60 because imma do some amazon shopping to buy a green screen chroma "thingy" on a budget only XD

    thank you for the tutorial of this! godspeed @Gaming Careers!

  25. This is the best video that helped me the most! You don’t how much appreciate this video because it helped me with a lot of things, gonna start a lot more now, for now my Twitch is Egt76ers and I would appreciate I f people could possibly add me too

  26. thank you bro! even with a very cheap webcam, and some cheap spandex green cloth i purchased in a textile store, i am still able to do the green screen setup. much love from a small youtuber.

  27. is there a light control program for USB plug in on the pc??
    https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07T8FBZC2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&fbclid=IwAR0qob-gmAd7VaUFw9tnsyrw2fSSL2piWblHzg46DITzw7BSStISpLK1OJs

  28. On a path to becoming a streamer and I keep finding myself on this channel. I love it. Thank you for your work.

  29. I just moved into a new place and my room needs work i dont want it to be seen, i have a logitech brio 4K, can you do a tutorial on background removal for that?

  30. quick question, for some reason i am having a heck of a time getting c920 drivers to work with windows 10..any ideas?? everytime i go to install drivers it sais that my webcam is incompatilbe?? 🙁 any help would be most appreciated

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